TCU Hits the Road to Face Oklahoma


Mattie Burleson
Sept. 30, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Coming off its first Big 12 victory of the season, the TCU volleyball team will travel to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., with the match set to air live on FOX Sports Southwest.

The Horned Frogs (11-5, 1-1 Big 12) posted their first victory in program history on Saturday against Iowa State, while the Sooners (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) had a come from behind 3-2 win over No. 23 Kansas this past weekend.

Fans unable to attend the match in Norman can see live stat updates through SoonerSports.com, while a live audio feed will be available through GoFrogs.com on FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription with Jeff Lewis on the call.

TCU QUICK HITS

TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

Under the tenure of Lewis, TCU has finished with a .500 record in nonconference play every year since 2002 and has garnered at least one preseason tournament title. Ashley Smith has been a consistent leader for the Frogs in the last few weeks and leads the team with 158 kills and 2.98 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in eight matches and also has 118 digs on the season and 23 total blocks.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 144 kills on the season, 2.57 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 32 total blocks which is third on the team.

The Frogs once against have two players ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Blaire Pickens moving up to No. 7 in the league with a .352 hitting percentage. Regan McGuire joins her on the list this week and checks in at No. 8 with a .335 clip.

Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley are dishing out the assists for the second year in a row, with the duo recording 359 and 280 assists, respectively. Langley is lethal from behind the service line, with 29 aces on the season, 0.50 service aces per set and is ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 30 nationally.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU in its first three weekends of play and has recorded with 139 digs and 4.09 digs per set which is ranked No. 5 in the Big 12. Shane Peters took over the spot for a week of play in place of an injured Sunstrum and has 118 digs on the season and 3.81 digs per set.

LAST TIME OUT: IOWA STATE RECAP

With a season-high 16 team blocks and 10 service aces, the TCU volleyball team defeated Iowa State 3-1 (25-15, 18-25, 30-28, 25-16) for the first time in program history and picked up its first win in Big 12 Conference play this season at the University Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Horned Frogs had four players notch double-digit kills for the first time this season, as Ashley Smith, Blaire Pickens and Regan McGuire all notched 11, while Sarita Mikals chipped in 10 against the Cyclones.

TCU had a .331 clip as a team, with Pickens leading the way individually with a .556 clip. The hitting percentage marked the eighth time this season the Frogs have hit over .300 as a team.

Mikals recorded her third double-double of the season by picking up a match-high and season-high 16 digs, while Sutton Sunstrum returned to the libero jersey and finished with 12 digs. Mattie Burleson tied her career-high with 10 total blocks, while McGuire picked up four blocks.

Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley paced the offense with 25 and 21 assists, respectively, while the duo combined for six service aces.

BREAKING DOWN THE OPPONENT - OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma (10-4, 1-0 Big 12) is coming off a come from behind 3-2 victory over then-No. 23 Kansas to open Big 12 play on Saturday. It was the first victory over a ranked opponent this season for the Sooners after dropping matches to No. 10 Florida and No. 23 Kansas.

Oklahoma is receiving votes in the AVCA weekly poll and have only dropped four matches, with all of them coming to ranked teams or previously ranked teams.

Kierra Holst was recently named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after powering an OU attack that hit .314 over five sets, with a career-high 23 kills. She hit .378 for the match and averaged 4.60 kills per set and added five digs and two blocks. Holst leads all players with 171 kills, 3.17 kills per set while also leading the team with 26 service aces and 0.48 service aces per set.

The Sooners are also spreading out their offensive efforts with three other players averaging over 2.00 kills per set. Kimmy Gardiner has 149 kills on the season, while Marion Hazelwood has 118 kills and a team-high .319 hitting clip. Madison Ward rounds out the offense with 137 kills, 2.58 kills per set and 123 digs.

Preseason All-Big 12 selection Julia Doyle is pacing the offense with 554 assists and 10.26 assists per set. The junior has also picked up 123 digs on the season, while also notching 32 total blocks. Taylor Migliazzo is back as libero and is roaming the backrow with 172 digs on teh season and 3.44 digs per set.

SERIES HISTORY

TCU and Oklahoma are meeting for the 10th time in program history, with the Sooners holding an 8-1 advantage in the series. The Frogs were able to score a 3-1 victory the first time the two teams met in 2004 in Norman and Oklahoma has won the last eight meetings. The Sooners hold a 3-1 advantage in games played in McCasland Field House, a 4-0 record in Fort Worth and a 1-0 record in neutral site meetings.

First Meeting: 11/3/04 - TCU wins 3-1 (28-30, 30-19, 30-20, 30-19)

Last Meeting: 11/13/13 - Oklahoma wins 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18)

BURLESON EARNS WEEKLY BIG 12 ACCOLADE

Senior Mattie Burleson was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after her performance in the opening week of league action against Texas Tech and Iowa State.

Burleson, an Edmond, Okla. native, did not let anything past her at the net this past week and finished with a league-best 15 total blocks and 1.88 blocks per set. Burleson shut Iowa State down at the net on Saturday and tied her career-high with 10 total blocks, while also leading all players with five blocks against Texas Tech on Wednesday.

The 10 blocks by Burleson ties for No. 6 all-time in program history and is ranked No. 1 in four-set conference matches. The middle blocker was crucial in the Horned Frogs 3-1 victory on Saturday and finished off the four-set upset victory with two straight blocks to win the match over Iowa State for the first time in program history. She also notched nine kills for the week, 18.0 points and five digs.


 

 

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